An Economic Basis for Littoral Land-Based Production of Low Carbon Fuel from Renewable Electrical Energy and Seawater for Naval Use: Diego Garcia Evaluation
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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The Naval Research Laboratory NRL was challenged to determine the maximum size and configuration of a fuel producing process on the remote island of Diego Garcia using electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar. Data from renewable site assessments of Diego Garcia conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command NAVFAC have been used in this report to support an economic basis for the littoral production of low carbon fuel from carbon dioxide CO2 and hydrogen H2 in seawater. Diego Garcia represents one of the most difficult challenges to the U.S. Navy for the future production of low carbon fuel from renewable electrical energy from photovoltaic PV arrays and wind turbines due to its extremely small land area and Class II wind classification. This study uses this remote base as a detailed example of the many possible sites and scenarios that could be utilized for the proposed littoral land-based process. The maximum size and configuration of a fuel producing process on Diego Garcia using electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar is detailed.
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